Aesthetics

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How the way she spoke Resuscitated the Power of Storytelling Through Minimalism
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How the way she spoke Resuscitated the Power of Storytelling Through Minimalism

by Sean Anthony Chia
10 November 2019
Drag, Disco, and the Donkey
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Drag, Disco, and the Donkey

Performed Masculinities in American Repertory Theater’s The Donkey Show

by James Montaño
23 October 2019
Don’t Wish, Do It Yourself
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Don’t Wish, Do It Yourself

Women Finding Their Power in Cendrillon

by Shari Caplan
17 October 2019
an actor onstage
How the way she spoke Resuscitated the Power of Storytelling Through Minimalism
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How the way she spoke Resuscitated the Power of Storytelling Through Minimalism

10 November 2019

Sean Anthony Chia examines the impact of a powerful story—one without spectacle—through the lens of Isaac Gomez’s the way she spoke.

four actors onstage surrounding by an audience standing
Drag, Disco, and the Donkey
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Drag, Disco, and the Donkey

Performed Masculinities in American Repertory Theater’s The Donkey Show

23 October 2019

James Montaño discusses The Donkey Show, cross-gendered performances vs. drag, camp as an aesthetic concept, and more.

actors onstage
Don’t Wish, Do It Yourself
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Don’t Wish, Do It Yourself

Women Finding Their Power in Cendrillon

17 October 2019

Shari Caplan discusses Opera del West’s recent production of Cendrillon at the Boston Center for the Arts.

a person seated and blindfolded
Notes on Making Theatre in the Dark
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Notes on Making Theatre in the Dark

15 October 2019

Ezra Brain discusses the experience of creating a piece of theatre in the dark, the theory of “rasa,” the act of performance, and more.

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Participatory Theatre
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Participatory Theatre

Europe’s Game Changer

4 August 2019

verity healey does a deep-dive into the Our Stage – 4th European Bürgerbühne Festival, which took place in Dresden, Germany, in May 2019.

three actors onstage
Tragedy That Heals Amid Heartbeat Laws
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Tragedy That Heals Amid Heartbeat Laws

Melinda Lopez’s Yerma

31 July 2019

Shari Caplan discusses the Huntington Theatre’s production of Yerma.

four actors onstage
Try Not to Make a Mess When You Smash That Window In Protest
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Try Not to Make a Mess When You Smash That Window In Protest

8 July 2019

Rebecca Benzie Fraser uses Her Naked Skin as an example in the exploration of the different decisions made when it comes to staging violence by women and staging violence against women.

a dark stage with a spotlight into a pit surrounded by two actors bodies
Risk in the Body and World at Warsaw’s Generation After 3 Showcase
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Risk in the Body and World at Warsaw’s Generation After 3 Showcase

19 June 2019

Amanda L. Andrei reflects on Warsaw’s Generation After 3 festival, which had the theme of “risky projects,” and discusses four pieces she saw on risk as it relates to the body and the world.

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Language and Identity in the Welsh-Turkish Play Y Brain/Kargalar
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Language and Identity in the Welsh-Turkish Play Y Brain/Kargalar

12 June 2019

Emily Garside discusses Y Brain/Kargalar, in which the playwright, Turkish refugee Meltem Arikan, who settled in Wales, explores her conflicting identities. 

performers onstage
Towards a Sustainable Aesthetic Theory
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Towards a Sustainable Aesthetic Theory

Climate and Rasa

26 March 2019

Erin B. Mee examines how using the Sanskrit aesthetic theory of rasa—rather than the aesthetic theory of catharsis—is a necessary step when it comes to creating sustainable theatre.

The Art Part: A Two-Person Theatre Conference
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The Art Part: A Two-Person Theatre Conference

with Todd London and Mark Valdez

Thursday 14 February 2019
New York City

Mark Valdez and Todd London created a two-person, livestreaming theatre conference that took place on Valentine’s Day to talk about the love of theatre, the art of the ensemble, the art of the playwright, the art of civic engagement, and the ways we carry artistic lineage and legacy into the future.

This was a way to explore questions they’ve been posing to each other over the years as colleagues and friends, questions not about survival or problems in the theatre, but questions about the art itself. This “conference,” then, is meant as a call to conversation, theirs and, we hope, yours, about the artform we love.

Mark and Todd issued a challenge to all listeners to hold artistic conversations of their own, large or small, public or private, before 1 May 2019.  Please let us know if you’re taking the challenge and let us know when you’ve had your conversation.  Write us as theartpart@howlround.com.

The Emergence of Neuro-Theatre
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The Emergence of Neuro-Theatre

6 February 2019

Edward Einhorn looks at the innovation inherent to neuro-theatre and how various artists have creatively presented the neurological conditions their plays explore.

a man holding a TV frame on his head
Against the New Play
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Against the New Play

(or, What Is Theatre For?)

3 December 2018

Rob Onorato talks about boredom as an audience member, the uninspired play, what film has going for it that theatre does not, and more.

ConeXión and Aesthetic Resistance at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval
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ConeXión and Aesthetic Resistance at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval

6 August 2018

Regan Postma-Montaño reports on the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons' Carnaval of New Latinx Work, which took place on 19-21 July in Chicago, Illinois.

Eating the Rich
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Eating the Rich

Sweeney Todd’s Vicious Capitalism

18 June 2018

Cassidy Dawn Graves writes about the anti-capitalist narrative present in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and the significance of producing the musical in 2018.

Symphonie Fantastique and the Triumph and Trap of Puppetry
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Symphonie Fantastique and the Triumph and Trap of Puppetry

5 April 2018

Jonathan Mandell reflects on the twentieth anniversary production of Basil Twist's Symphonie Fastastique at HERE Arts Center in New York City.

A Day with Meredith Monk
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A Day with Meredith Monk

Monday 2 April 2018

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented A Day with Meredith Monk livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 2 April at 5:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 4:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 2:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco). Follow @HowlRound on Twitter for updates, and use #howlround.

In Kraków, Good Ghosts and Bad at the 2017 Divine Comedy Festival
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In Kraków, Good Ghosts and Bad at the 2017 Divine Comedy Festival

13 March 2018

Robert Duffley reflects on four shows from the 2017 Divine Theatre Comedy Festival in Kraków, Poland.

Cripping the Crip—Is It Time to Reclaim Richard III?
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Cripping the Crip—Is It Time to Reclaim Richard III?

21 February 2018

Kaite O’Reilly considers how Richard III has been portrayed on stage, the alignment of atypical embodiment with evil and suffering, and her inspiration with The Llanarth Group to create a new staging of Richard III.

Building Worlds and Breaking Meaning in Enda Walsh’s Work
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Building Worlds and Breaking Meaning in Enda Walsh’s Work

13 February 2018

Jen Gushue reflects on the visceral work of Irish playwright Enda Walsh. 

Photo from Blindfolded in the Bathroom with a Blood Orange.
Pop Theatre
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Pop Theatre

Revitalizing and Reimagining a Dying Artform

12 February 2018

Zach Donovan addresses the shortcomings of nonprofit theatre, the glut of self production, and considers Pop Theatre as an alternative theatrical vehicle.

Do Words Matter on Stage?
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Do Words Matter on Stage?

1 February 2018

Jonathan Mandell looks at six theatre pieces in January that used words in unorthodox ways—as gibberish, or out-of-sync with the action; some didn’t use words at all.

Questioning the Casting and the Hump
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Questioning the Casting and the Hump

29 January 2018

Cassidy Dawn Graves writes about Thomas Ostermeier’s production of Richard III and questions why we still see able-bodied actors playing characters with disabilities.

“These are not natural events”
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“These are not natural events”

Ariel’s Technodramaturgy in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest

11 January 2018

Anchuli Felicia King explores use of motion capture and the construction of an embodied and artificial Ariel in the RSC’s version of The Tempest.

Tennessee Williams, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, and Cockroaches Glass Guignol
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Tennessee Williams, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, and Cockroaches Glass Guignol

The Brother and Sister Play

7 December 2017

Jonathan Mandell gets a grip on Glass Guignol: The Brother and Sister Play, a mashup with Tennessee Williams, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, and cockroaches—the debut production at the Mabou Mines Theater.